Joan Bransfield Graham.
There comes a time in most writers' lives when they decide to seek out a critique group. Years ago when I was writing my YA novel-in-poems, I decided to seek out the best novel-in-poems novelist I knew in Los Angeles. I called Julie Williams (ESCAPING TORNADO SEASON), who called Stephanie Hemphill (THINGS LEFT UNSAID & YOUR OWN, SYLVIA) and Claudia Harrington. Claudia called Kitty Donohoe who introduced us to Paula Yoo (GOOD ENOUGH) and Joyce Lee Wong (SEEING EMILY) at the SCBWI Nationals in LA. Paula created our Google Group which brought us into the 21st century and declared us KIDSCRIBBLERS. We are now cemented together though writing, friendship and love, and all of our work is stronger because we have each other.
Over time, Julie moved to Minnesota, I stopped writing YA to focus on PBs plus started agenting, and novels-in-poems are only a portion of what we, as a group, write. However, Kidscribblers endures because it is the 'right' group for each of us.
Finding the right critique group is not often easy. I hope the posts below help you decide if a critique group is for you and how to find the one that will improve your writing.